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The Scout Ant. To Squish Or Not To Squish?

The scout ant. To her colony, she is a brave leader. To Toronto residents, she’s a reminder that Toronto pest control may be a necessity. Ant control, in particular, can be a big nuisance if an ant trail is left ignored or unattended. Though millions of ants probably won’t bother you (more on that later), Toronto residents should pay attention to the one little ant with bad intentions, the scout!

You’ve Spotted an Ant Scout: Now What?

So you happen to be eating dinner and spot a lone ant exploring away on your floor. It’s best to stop what you’re doing and remove that single ant before it alerts her friends that your kitchen is a food haven. “I have ants in the kitchen” is one of the top complaints we receive as a Toronto pest control company. “Ants in the bathroom” ranks pretty high, too. How did this happen? It all stems from that one little scout ant that told all the others your home was the place to be for a full buffet!

Get Moving. Taking Action is Key to Ant Control.

Regardless of the type of ants you’re dealing with, the scout ant is the leader of every emerging ant trail. It will wander outside the colony, foraging for food. Once it’s successful, she will return to the nest in a straight line. This is because it releases a powerful trail of pheromones, a chemical scent that enables the rest of the ants to follow in her footsteps towards the food, each one adding and reinforcing the scent of the growing ant trail. Once this happens, there’s no turning them away. It’s time for full-on ant extermination.

Like it or not, these little creatures are fascinating and complex. Interesting fact: scientists estimate there are approximately 1.5 million ants to every human being. That’s a lot of ants! As such, ants in your bathroom, kitchen or anywhere else shouldn’t freak you out too much; they have to live somewhere! Remember, if you act quickly, ant control isn’t that intimidating. If you see a scout ant or an ant trail scurrying around you, lay out baits. The earlier you head off the problem, the better.

Had Enough? Call in Ant Control Reinforcements

If you’re really squeamish and your friendly suburban home gets infested with ants in the kitchen, then ant extermination is a simple solution. A Toronto pest control company, such as Magical pest Controls’ Ant Removal division can help if you’re not sure how to handle the situation.

Just remember what you learned today, ant control starts by stopping the oh-so-brave scout ant. As always, if you spot several ant trails on your property and have strong suspicions that you have an ant infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Magical Pest Control for professional ant extermination services. We offer free consultations across the GTA and Southern Ontario. Call us at (905) 738-6676 to schedule your inspection today.

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